Simpang Renggam EMCO to be lifted tomorrow

Two townships in Simpang Renggam, Johor, were placed under enhanced movement control order last month.

PUTRAJAYA: The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Simpang Renggam, Johor, will be lifted tomorrow, Senior Minister (Security) Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced this afternoon.

The EMCO in Sungai Lui, Hulu Langat, Selangor, however will be extended for another week until May 5.

Last month, two townships in Simpang Renggam were placed under EMCO following an unusual spike in Covid-19 cases.

The two areas were Kampung Dato Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Dato Ibrahim Majid.

Three days later on March 29, a lockdown was ordered for seven villages in Sungai Lui in the Hulu Langat district after 74 cases of Covid-19 infections were reported at a tahfiz school.

The lockdown affects the area from Batu 21 to Batu 24 Sungai Lui, involving 4,000 people living in two Orang Asli settlements and five villages.

Meanwhile, police continued to check vehicles for possible breach of the movement control order (MCO).

Yesterday, more than 377,000 vehicles were checked at 829 roadblocks nationwide.

Ismail also said 606 people were detained yesterday, with 22 charged in court.

So far, 20,617 people have been arrested since the MCO started on March 18.

Meanwhile, a total 17,705 people are currently undergoing mandatory quarantine after returning from abroad.

He also announced that 1,128 students on campuses will begin their journey home following the easing of travel restrictions on them.

The process involves 49 buses to 17 destinations, he added.

He said only one family member will be allowed to fetch the students upon arrival at drop-off points.

Students heading to Sabah and Sarawak will begin returning home on May 1.

Students in Terengganu and Kelantan will fly from Sultan Mahmud Airport in Terengganu, while students in Pahang will depart from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Students from the northern region will fly from the Penang International Airport, while those in the south will use the Senai International Airport.


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